Jon Jones Is Open To Facing Daniel Cormier At Heavyweight
Jon Jones may have a title defence this weekend at UFC 239 against Thiago Silva, but a lot of the talk surrounding the UFC light heavyweight champion, is whether he will face Daniel Cormier again.
Jones has often discussed about eventually moving up to heavyweight and with Cormier being the UFC heavyweight champion, many fans are calling for Jones to challenge Cormier at heavyweight.
Cormier is of course just one interesting potential heavyweight matchup for Jones. There are obviously bigger challenges at heavyweight for ‘Bones’ but the 205lbs champion insists there are plenty of exciting fights for him at light heavyweight, before he thinks of moving up. As he told ESPN (as transcribed by MMA Fighting).
“I am interested in fighting at heavyweight but I’m also aware that there’s a lot of work to be done in the light heavyweight division. There’s a lot of big fights that people want to see me have in the light heavyweight division so there’s really no need for me to go to heavyweight. I’m doing well where I’m at, I’m making weight really easily and I feel like when the UFC approaches me about a fight they feel will be a megafight and they come with the numbers that would make sense for me to do that, I’ll totally do it. But right now the UFC I think is happy with me being a dominant light heavyweight champion and like we said, there’s a lot of really great new challenges. So there’s a lot of work to be done where I’m at and it’s gonna take that cheque book for me to bounce up to heavyweight.”
Despite his desire to remain at at 205lbs for the time being, Jones added that if the UFC and fans want to see him fight Cormier at heavyweight, he believes it will happen.
“There’s still a lot of interest in me fighting Daniel Cormier for some reason. I don’t really know what it is. The first time I won by unanimous decision and the second time I won by knockout so I don’t know why people want to see us fight again so bad but at heavyweight I guess that would add a few different factors. So yeah, if that’s the fight the world wants to see, I know one thing about the UFC, we give the fans what they want.”
Of course, Cormier has a tough task in front of him. The UFC heavyweight champion defends his title in a rematch with Stipe Miocic, at UFC 241. And with ‘DC’ hinting that it could be his last ever fight, Jones’ immediate goal is to take on all comers in his light heavyweight division.
“I remember not too long ago people talking about me clearing out the division and that’s nothing I ever believed. I don’t think it’s possible to clear out a division. There’s always gonna be new talent, new dreamers, new challengers and I look at them as my next round of motivation. These guys are all talented and I think it will be a good test for me to show how great I can be by continuing on my winning ways with this new fresh blood.”
As Jones points out, a third fight with Cormier at heavyweight would add a few different factors and would certainly add some intrigue.
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